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Friday, May 21, 2010

Week 21 Readings

May 21
1 Kings 3:16-28
1 Kings 5:1-18
2 Chronicles 2:1-18
1 Kings 6:1-13
2 Chronicles 3:1-14
1 Kings 6:14-38

May 22
1 Kings 7:1-51
2 Chronicles 3:15 thru 4:22

May 23
1 Kings 8:1-11
2 Chronicles 5:1-14
1 Kings 8:12-21
2 Chronicles 6:1-11
1 Kings 8:22-53
2 Chronicles 6:12-42

May 24
1 Kings 8:54-66
2 Chronicles 7:1-10
1 Kings 9:1-9
2 Chronicles 7:11-22
1 Kings 9:10-14

May 25
2 Chronicles 8:1-18
1 Kings 9:15 thru 10:13
2 Chronicles 9:1-12
1 Kings 10:14-29
2 Chronicles 9:13-28
2 Chronicles 1:14-17

May 26
1 Kings 4:1-34
Psalm 72
Psalm 127

May 27
Proverbs 1:1 thru 4:27

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Wisest Man

Psalm 83, 1 Chronicles 29:23-25, 2 Chronicles 1:1, 1 Kings 2:13 thru 3:4, 2 Chronicles 1:2-6, 1 Kings 3:5-15, 2 Chronicles 1:7-13

If you have been in the church world for long you probably were very familiar with today's story. 

Solomon's wisdom, it was quite amazing, so amazing that only God could give that kind of insight, direction and discernment.

As I was reading our scriptures for today and realized we were landing on this story I immediately knew where this blog was going to go.  I would pose questions like...

If God told you He was going to give you anything what would you ask for?

The blog might have a catchy title like WWSA, What Would Solomon Ask?

But not gonna go there today. 

Instead, I wonder, did you notice what Solomon did earlier the same day God came to him in a dream?

He offered sacrifices to God.

Do you think it was a coincidence God came and asked Solomon What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!? later that same day?  I think not.

Which caused me to reflect on my own life...

How many times have I asked God to honor my prayers when I have not first honored Him by offering my life as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1)? 

How would my life be different if I did?


How would Solomon's life had turned out if he had not offered those 1000 burnt offerings?


Would God still had posed that most life changing question to him?


Would he still be declared as the Wisest Man Who Ever Lived?


Just a few thoughts for us to ponder today.


Lord, help me to offer all I have and all I am to you, continually.


Tina

Friday, May 14, 2010

Week 20 Readings

May 14
Psalms 140, 108-110, 122 and 124

May 15
Psalms 131, 133, 138-141 and 143

May 16
Psalms 144, 145, 88 and 89

May 17
Psalms 50, 73 and 74

May 18
Psalms 75, 76, 77 and 78

May 19
Psalms 79, 80, 81 and 82

May 20
Psalm 83
1 Chronicles 29:23-25
2 Chronicles 1:1
1 Kings 2:13 thru 3:4
2 Chronicles 1:2-6
1 Kings 3:5-15
2 Chronicles 1:7-13

Friday, May 7, 2010

Week 19 Readings

May 7
Psalms 12 thru 17
Psalms 19 thru 21

May 8
Psalms 22 thru 26

May 9
Psalms 27 thru 32

May 10
Psalms 35 thru 38

May 11
Psalms 39 thru 41
Psalms 53, 55 & 58

May 12
Psalms 61 & 62
Psalms 64 thru 67

May 13
Psalms 68 thru 70
Psalm 86 & 101

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Father Knows Best

1 Chronicles 26:1 thru 28:21


David is nearing the end of his life and is getting everything in order for the building of the house where the Ark of the Covenant will reside.


He gives Solomon all the plans for the temple along with some fatherly advice that we all can use.


1 Chronicles 28:9-10


And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately...


David did not just instruct him to read about God, find out all he can about God, he told him to get to know God... intimately.  To know someone intimately you have to spend time with them.  So in essence, David is encouraging his son to take time to cultivate his relationship with God.


Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind...   


David learned the lesson of having a divided heart and wondering mind.  He lived with the repercussions for the rest of his life and is trying to spare his son of the same fate.  And David knows not just any old heart will do. 


It has to be a whole heart.


For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought...


My husband and I have said to each other many times, You think I can read your mind? when we expect the other one to do what we want without any verbal instruction.  We usually laugh when we realize we expected one another to have godlike powers.


But God does have Godlike powers and can read our minds.  We can never pull a fast one on Him and He knows our every intention for every action.  He knows whether or not we are making our own plans or listening for His. 


After many years of making bad plans David knew God's were best.  Father always knows best.


If you seek Him, you will find Him...


David was a man after God's own heart.  What I love about him is that he sought God when he  was doing what was right and sought him even harder when he had done something very wrong.


He knew no matter what, when he sought God he was going to find God.  I love that God does not play hide and seek with us.  But, He will wait for us to draw near first, in our good times and especially in our bad times.


But if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever...


David witnessed firsthand with Saul what happens when you turn away from God... death and destruction.


Spiritual living does not come naturally, sin does.


Oh the things David would do differently if only he had a chance.  If Solomon will take these words of wisdom, hide them in is heart, maybe he won't have the same regrets as his father.


Or will he?


Will you?


I pray today that we will take the words David spoke to his son and let them guide our every move.


A life with no regrets, that's a life for all who seek God with a whole, undivided heart and willing mind.




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